A local coalition begins to move forward with plans to combat drug and alcohol abuse in Muskingum County.
The Drug and Alcohol Coalition began meeting in September and has since broken up into six committees to focus on different areas including health, law enforcement and prevention. Thursday, they talked about the goals of each committee. One is to help loved ones lost to drug and alcohol abuse.
"We're trying to develop a local Solace Chapter which is a chapter that helps...
Experts in gambling said that addiction comes in all forms and affects all social classes.
Calls to the state's problem-gambling hotline rose nearly 47 percent last month from September. Over 3,000 people have called seeking help for gambling addiction. There are two types of gambling addiction, problem and pathological.
"Problem gambling is when gambling starts causing problems in a persons life, pathological gambling is when it goes beyond that when your totally obsessed...
New drug trends are making it harder for parents to identify drug abuse in young people.
Drugs are being manufactured and targeted toward kids by using bright colors and household names to disguise their harmful effects. More young people are getting their hands on their parents or grandparents prescription medications.
"In some cases they're going to parties where you either they're called skittle parties or pharm parties where you throw all of the pills into a bowl and...
The election season is heating up with reminders to vote.
Muskingum Behavioral Health is hoping its levy kick-off will stir up a renewal vote for Mental Health and Recovery Services. On Friday, they held a tailgate party reminding the community of the importance of their programs.
"The levy in Muskingum County is vital, it provides the foundation for all of our services between Thompkins Center, Six County and Muskingum Behavioral Health," said Behavioral Health...
Muskingum Behavioral Health is holding a tailgate party to kick off its levy renewal campaign.
The tailgate will feature raffles prizes as well as the traditional tailgating food.
Executive Director Steve Carrel said the event is all in an effort to bring awareness to the importance of renewing the levy, which provides a majority of the funding for drug and alcohol recovery programs.
"It's all in fun," said Carrel, "but again for a very serious issue because...
Mixing drugs with alcohol is becoming more common among those who abuse.
A new report shows that 37 percent of substance abuse treatment admissions involve both alcohol and drug abuse. Using both substances can be a deadly combination.
"Basically what you get is when you have a person who's on either amphetamine medication or cocaine, crack, who's drinking you end up with a wide-awake drunk," said Muskingum Behavioral Health Executive Director Steve Carrel.
Officials say there's a growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse on college campuses.
A new survey says roughly one out of four college-age students have illegally used prescription drugs. The painkiller death rate in Ohio has increased 372% in the past 10 years. Executive Director of Muskingum Behavioral Health Steve Carrel says a campus is a prime place for drug abuse.
"You've got a group of people, away from home for the first time. They have to self-regulate and their...